Investigating Generative Neural-Network Models for Building Pest Insect Detectors in Sticky Trap Images for the Peruvian Horticulture

Joel Cabrera, Edwin Villanueva

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Pest insects are a problem in horticulture so their early detection is important for their control. Sticky traps are an inexpensive way to obtain insect samples, but manually identifying them is a time-consuming task. Building computational models to identify insect species in sticky trap images is therefore highly desirable. However, this is a challenging task due to the difficulty in getting sizeable sets of training images. In this paper, we studied the usefulness of three neural network generative models to synthesize pest insect images (DCGAN, WGAN, and VAE) for augmenting the training set and thus facilitate the induction of insect detector models. Experiments with images of seven species of pest insects of the Peruvian horticulture showed that the WGAN and VAE models are able to learn to generate images of such species. It was also found that the synthesized images can help to induce YOLOv5m detectors with significant gains in detection performance compared to not using synthesized data. A demo app that integrates the detector models can be accessed through the URL
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationInformation Management and Big Data
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 20 Apr 2022

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NameInformation Management and Big Data
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

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